Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning.  Leslie has been at KPCW since 1990 and her years at KPCW have given her depth and insight, guiding her as she asks local leaders and citizens the questions on everyone’s minds during the live interviews of the Local News Hour.

As KPCW's News Director, she has the pulse of the community and an unmatched range of contacts that allows the station to cover everything going on in town, from increased school taxes and water rates to personal achievements and community-wide victories. When she's not sussing out the next story, you'll see her face at many Park City events, as well as on the ski hill and mountain trails.

In 2016, Leslie was honored as the Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshall of the Miner Day parade.

The Park City Board of Realtors also honored Leslie with its 2018 Community Service Award for "asking the questions on everyone's mind."

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The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) on Tuesday released recommendations for K-12 schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Utah Department of Health recommends local health departments and schools use what it calls a layered prevention approach, including encouraging vaccination and mask-wearing.

According to Dr. Michelle Hofmann, deputy director of the state health department, doing so can help minimize the disruptions of COVID-19 on schools while maximizing opportunities for children to participate in in-person learning and extracurricular activities.

On today's Local News Hour: 

(03:56) - Sean Higgins reports on Frontline Caregivers Feeling “Frustrated and Overwhelmed” as COVID-19 Hospitalizations Surge.

(07:52) - Vice Presidents of Development for Extell Utah, Kurt Krieg and Brooke Hontz have an update on the Mayflower Mountain Resort construction.

(28:49) - Co-Founder of the Park City Chamber Music Society Leslie Harlow has details on the chamber music series at the Eccles Center starting Sunday.

(37:53) - Wanship Residents Cleaning Up After Weekend's Heavy Rain

(40:49) - Summit Community Garden Executive Director Sloane Johnson has a gardens update.


Tom Chappell

Severe weather hit Summit County Sunday, taking out irrigation pumps, depositing debris in yards and filling garages with mud. 

Tom Chappell has lived in Wanship – along Hoytsville Road - for more than four decades. He says Sunday’s storm was the worst he’s ever seen. In just a few minutes, he says water rushing down from Bedford Canyon flooded the neighborhood.

Heber City Police Department Facebook

Heber City police chief Dave Booth is back on the job after city officials determined than an internal complaint against him was unsubstantiated. 

According to a statement from Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter,  the claim against Booth couldn’t be substantiated and was found to be “baseless and without merit.”

Earlier this month, Heber City initiated an independent review by the Utah Department of Public Safety and Wasatch County Sheriff Office regarding the complaint against Chief Booth

On today's Local News Hour:

(04:24) - Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(23:02) - Kimball Art Center Executive Director Aldy Miliken and Events Manager Hilary Gilson have details about the annual arts festival opening on Main St. Friday.

(37:09) - Executive Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox has an update on open space issues.


AP News

A federal appeals court has dealt a setback to a Utah death row inmate who saw his conviction overturned with a string of violence at a remote cabin located in Summit County. 

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that even if Von Lester Taylor did not fire the fatal shots in a 1990 triple shooting and kidnapping case, he cannot be considered innocent because Utah law makes accomplices as guilty as perpetrators.

Last March, a federal judge overturned the death sentence given to Taylor after he was convicted for murders that occurred 30 years ago.

On today's Local News Hour:

(05:13) - Mountain Mediation Center Executive Director Gretchen Lee talks about the ending of the CDC Eviction Moratorium for tenants that expired last week.

(21:41) - Executive Director of Utah Open Lands, Wendy Fisher has an update on the Bonanza Flat easement.

(41:19) - Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City Rob Harter has an update on the services the organization offers.


Community Action Services

The Kamas Food Bank has closed. 

 

The 50 or so families who received food supplements there will now have to travel to the Coalville or Heber City food banks until a mobile food truck can be set up.

 

When Ryan Stark’s family purchased the building that housed the Kamas food bank at 30 South Main St., they offered the organization a month-to-month lease. 

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(00:50) - Mountain Trails Report with Lora Smith

(08:28) - Bike Show Director for The Big Gear Show 2021 Lance Camisasca has details about the upcoming show in Park City early August.

(25:39) - Summit County Fair Manager Tyler Orgill and Kate McChesney have details about the return of the Summit County Fair opening Aug 6th

(35:12) - Ben Lasseter reports on UDOT Study Could Produce US-189 Alternative Plan by Next Year.

(37:11) - Andrea Barnes, Executive Director of PC Tots talks about her new appointment and her plans for the organization.

(48:48) - Sean Higgins reports on the memorial service for Park City Fire District Chief Paul Hewitt.


Forrest Volmrich

A former member of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team, the first program director at the Utah Olympic Sports Park and local businessman Jeff Volmrich died of complications of cancer and pneumonia Wednesday. He was 57. 

Jeff Volmrich grew up in Lake Placid, New York - at the time one of the few ski jumping facilities in the country. He competed as a ski jumper for the U.S. Ski Team from 1982 to 1986 while attending St. Lawrence University.

On today's Local News Hour:

(06:22) - Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong recaps Wednesday's meeting and their 2-day council retreat.

(19:55) - USA Nordic Executive Director Billy Demong has a preview of this weekend's annual Springer Tournee and national ski jumping and Nordic combined championships.

(30:49) - Wasatch County interim manager Dustin Grabau joins to give a recap of discussion of yesterday’s interlocal meeting and has more details on the Bypass Road and the county's involvement with Heber City's Community Reinvestment Area plan.

On today's Local News Hour:

(03:51) - Sean Higgins reports on Deer Valley’s Snow Park Project to be Presented to Park City Planning Commission Wednesday.

(07:35) - Park City Deputy Fire Chief Bob Zanetti talks about moving forward as the district grapples with the loss of Chief Paul Hewitt.

(18:49) - Heber City Police Chief on Leave, City Reviewing Internal Complaint

(20:38) - Executive Director of the Swaner Preserve Nell Larson has an update on some of the upcoming programs and events.

(38:25) - Drummer and founding member of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Kurt Sodergren talks about their upcoming performance at the Park City Eccles Center.

(45:51) - Ben Lasseter reports on Park City Police Using Periodical Sting Operations to Curb Distracted Driving.


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Park City’s Haley Batten had the best finish for Team USA finishing 9th in the Olympic Mountain bike competition held today in Tokyo. 

In a difficult 5 lap course, made even more challenging by the rain, Haley Batten finished the 20.5 kilometer race in 1:20:13. Her teammates Kate Cortney finished 15th and Erin Huck finished 31st.  The race was swept by the Swiss who won the gold, silver, and bronze medals.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:24) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 17:22) Heber City will redevelop areas of its downtown following a decision at the July 20 city council meeting as Ben Lasseter reports.

( 21:54) Park City Board of Realtors Ex. Director Jamie Johnson and Nate Johnson who recently presented a seminar on Smart Growth to members.

( 36:31) Myles Rademan on 2021 Leadership Park City Applications.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:10) Sean Higgins reports on The Historic Park City Alliance narrowly voting against supporting a city hall proposal to raise parking rates at the popular China Bridge parking garage.

( 05:32) Park City Fire District Chief Paul Hewitt passed away Friday from injuries suffered in an accident during a family vacation.

( 07:13) Wasatch County Health Department Director Jonelle Fitzgerald updates us on COVID spikes and children's vaccines.

( 21:02 ) Heidi Goedhart with UDOT speaks on Active Transportation Plans on State Routes.

( 36:28) Ex. Director of the Park City Extreme Soccer Club Shelly Gillwald has details about the upcoming tournament that starts on Thursday.


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